Torture and abuse for political purposes are a global problem. In 2015, Amnesty International received reports from 122 countries in which people were tortured or abused. North Korea and Egypt are among those countries.
The head of the Chechnya office of renowned rights group Memorial has been arrested under what colleagues are saying are dubious circumstances. They believe the arrest is an act of intimidation.
Hundreds of Tunisians have continued anti-government protests, with authorities arresting dozens of people. But the government said protests appeared to be slowing ahead of the Arab Spring anniversary.
Rights group Amnesty International has accused EU governments of supporting migrant abuse in Libya. Echoing previous reports, it found widespread abuse of migrants in Libya by the government, smugglers and armed groups.
Germany's top court has ruled that a person cannot be deported to their country of origin if at risk of torture. A German-born Turkish Salafist had appealed his return, saying he would be tortured in his home country.
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